|Motto||Great Books, Great Conversation|
|President||Dr. David Crabtree|
|Dean||Dr. Charley Dewberry|
|Academic staff||8 full-time
|Location||Eugene, OR,, USA|
|Campus||Small City Urban|
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
The Great Books Program
The Great Books approach is based on a program developed in the mid-1900s at the University of Chicago by Mortimer Adler, Stringfellow Barr, and others. This alternative approach to education emphasizes less the vocational skills and specialization of most undergraduate degrees, seeking instead to produce individuals who are well-read, well-reasoned, articulate, and mature. Personal growth rather than vocational training is emphasized and accomplished through studying the most influential works of Western Civilization in every discipline: philosophy, math, science, theology, literature, and art.
Gutenberg College grew out of McKenzie Study Center (MSC), a Christian ministry that has existed in Eugene for over 25 years. MSC was founded in 1979 as a ministry to present a biblical worldview to University of Oregon (UO) students; it now serves not only UO students, but the surrounding community as well. In 1991, after examining prospective curricula and programs, the board of McKenzie Study Center decided a Great Books curriculum would best accomplish their goals of a providing a unique and well rounded education. Gutenberg started in 1994 with four students and graduated its first class in 1998. Gutenberg has grown, but remains small, with an enrollment of about fifty students.
The curriculum centers on the most influential primary texts of Western Civilization, which students study with “tutors” in round-table discussions. In addition, the curriculum includes the following: a weekly lecture, classes and practicums in science, art, math, foreign language and the reading of difficult texts (“microexegesis”). The curriculum is viewed through a biblical Christian perspective, though the staff and faculty is not associated with any one denomination. Gutenberg offers one degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.
Coursework includes the following: two years of classical Greek; two years of German; two years of math (ancient and modern); two years of Western Civilization (Great Books readings); two years of Great Conversation (more in-depth Great Books readings), four years of Microexegesis (practicums in reading difficult texts), and several classes and practicums in physics, biology, chemistry, and art.
All students read the same works over the four-year program. Readings progress through the Great Books chronologically and cycle through the history of Western Civilization twice in the four years of study.
To promote lively discussion, classes are kept small, usually five to twelve students. A small number of lectures and secondary sources supplement the classic curriculum. At the end of the first two years, students must pass a series of comprehensive exams in order to progress to the last two years. During the senior year, each student writes an extensive thesis dealing with an issue discussed by two classic authors.
Gutenberg's curriculum is demonstrative of educational perennialism.
Authorization and Accreditation
Gutenberg is a non-profit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.
On November 3, 2009, Gutenberg College was awarded full accreditation status by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) Accreditation Commission. TRACS is an accrediting organization recognized by the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
However, on April 10, 2013, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) Accreditation Commission placed Gutenberg College on "Warning" for 1 year during which time the institution must come into compliance with all TRACS Standards or lose accreditation.
Students and Student Life
Gutenberg’s students come from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds. Their educational backgrounds also vary: many were homeschooled; others attended public or private schools. Gutenberg offers a housing option with a common meal program.
While at Gutenberg, students may take advantage of programs at the University of Oregon, located a block from the Gutenberg campus. Gutenberg students have attended UO lectures and events, and they have participated in UO dance, drama, music, and art classes.
Gutenberg graduates have pursued a variety of careers, including teaching and the medical profession; and they have entered such graduate programs as law, journalism, liberal arts, and philosophy.
- Gutenberg College
- McKenzie Study Center
- Why Gutenberg College?
- Biblical Foundation Statement
- State of Oregon Office of Degree Authorization